Irish Snooker

Judge Wins President’s Cup

The UK Championship in York wasn’t the only silverware being fought for on Sunday.

Judge and O'Donoghue - photo courtesy of Ivy Rooms Carlow.

Judge and O’Donoghue – photo courtesy of Ivy Rooms Carlow.

While Ronnie O’Sullivan battled it out with Judd Trump in a thrilling final at the Barbican Centre, back in Ireland the third ranking event of the season was also coming to a conclusion in Carlow.

The President’s Cup was won by Michael Judge, who overcame Brendan O’Donoghue 4-1 in the final at the Ivy Rooms.

In a repeat of the second ranking event, the previous winner went all the way to the final only to be denied at the last hurdle.

On the last occasion, the campaign’s initial champion Rodney Goggins lost to O’Donoghue, only for the same fate to befall the latter this weekend.

Donoghue beat Josh Boileau 3-2 in the last four to reach the final.

Q Club’s Judge, the 2013 national champion, had recorded a similarly impressive victory over ranked no.1 Goggins in the semi-finals on Saturday – a week after losing in the last 32 of the IBSF World Championship in India.

O’Donoghue had some consolation, though, with the Tipperary man’s wonderful 142 break claiming the highest break of the tournament.

The ex-pro also compiled runs of 125 and 124 as he drew to within 20 points of Goggins at the top of the rankings list, with Judge moving into third.

The tournament bracket can be viewed by clicking here.

Top 10 in the Irish Rankings can be viewed to the right.

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